Tag: Russian collusion

Quote of the Day: “Not Law but Fraud”

 

In Mark Helprin’s 2012 novel In Sunlight and in Shadow*, we meet a returning WWII veteran, Harry Copeland, who inherits the family business from his deceased father. When the business is threatened by a mafia boss, resulting in the death of one employee, and Harry himself nearly beaten to death, Harry learns that he will find no help from law enforcement or any other authority because all of them are being paid off. Harry must decide whether he will take matters into his own hands — eliminating the mafia boss himself.

“My enemy is not the law,” he found himself saying under his breath as he walked — talking to himself was not a good sign — “but the enemy of the law, against which the law is too weak to defend itself. If the law is complicit in crime, is it the law? If, when not complicit, it not only fails to protect but proscribes self-protection, then it is not law but fraud. Anarchy arises not from those who defend themselves by natural right, but from officials who fail in their calling, look the other way, succumb to threats and blackmail, or who are themselves criminal. If without defending me the law says I can’t defend myself, it is no longer the law, and I have to defy it.”

As you might guess, I could not read this passage without immediately thinking of the last two years of the Mueller investigation. Given all we have learned about the involvement of the DOJ and the FBI (et al) in inventing the Russia Collusion narrative out of whole cloth, convicting people on process crimes — crimes that didn’t exist apart from the investigation themselves, we must ask whether what we are seeing in Washington is law . . . or fraud? If the law is complicit in ca rime, is it the law?

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When I hear the word elimination, I think of Russians. One Russian in particular Alexander Mikhaylovich Zaitsev, aka Saytseff. I also think of substitution, addition, elimination, nucleophiles, bases, and leaving groups. Before I was a safety professional, I truly loved Organic Chemistry. (Trigger Warning for former pre-meds) Preview Open

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Those dastardly Russians.  Sending beautiful young spies to infiltrate our political base to promote the NRA… What a diabolical plot!  I see why the left would be outraged. How dare the Russians send agents over to our country to promote gun ownership.  Blasphemy.  Scandal, DANGER! This hits all the sacred cow buttons for the left.  […]

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Richard Epstein analyzes the latest developments in the Russia investigation and delivers a withering judgment as to how the Mueller team has performed thus far.

Alarm Over Russian Interference Is Beyond Silly

 

Of course, the Russians (and Chinese and others) tried to interfere with our elections. They have been doing it since the origination of the KGB in 1954. In his seminal book on the history of Russian intelligence, The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and The Secret History of the KGB (1999), Christopher Andrew sites dozens of examples of KGB interference including some fun tidbits about KGB covert operations against former President Ronald Reagan, which began five years before he became president.

What has happened to our educated classes in America? As kids, we learned in Mr. Lafontaine’s 6th grade Social Studies class that the Russians were causing street demonstrations, placing false op-eds, and buying off journalists to try to get Richard Nixon elected because Kennedy was touting the Missile Gap, back in 1960.

We had to read The Ugly American by Lederer Burdick, which was filled with countless stories of the Russians using disinformation (we’d send wheat to some African nation, and upon its arrival, the Russian bureaucrats would stamp the bags “A gift from Russia,” before distributing them). These tales are etched in our brains.

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There are 100 thoughts already posted on the Nunes memo. This is 101. Why is there so much sturm und drang surrounding the specific details contained in the memo when the basic facts contained in it or not hotly disputed? Most partisans are working backwards from preconceived notions, but even beyond that, the whole milieu […]

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The European Cut – A Real Conspiracy

 

I have uncovered evidence of a vast left-wing conspiracy designed to emasculate conservative men: The European Cut Men’s Suit.

I know everyone’s talking about the Paul Manafort indictment filed Monday morning. WaPo and NYT and every other mainstream media outlet hyperventilated about it in pieces prepared over the weekend after Robert “Ferris” Mueller or his minions leaked on Friday to CNN. I read the breathless MSM pieces, then I read the actual 31-page indictment.